Blog Agnesian en Care That’s Second-to-None <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Donald Wackett" typeof="Image" /><p>Donald Wackett, 80, of Fox Lake, loves to stay busy through various activities, and that is not difficult with his five daughters, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. From fishing, to mowing lawn, to car rides, to spending time with family, he is accustomed to a busy lifestyle.</p> <p>His hectic life only continued to develop when he suffered a stroke 10 years ago and experienced many heart episodes in the following years. Whether it was his heart going into atrial fibrillation or experiencing significant heart palpitations, it quickly began to interfere with his daily life.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Fond du Lac is an ideal place to practice urology <img src="//" width="811" alt="Christopher Tuveson" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past 17 years, Christopher Tuveson, MD, has been a practicing urologist with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.</p> <p>“Fond du Lac is an ideal place to practice urology due to the patient mix, the quality of the clinic staff and the commitment of the clinic and hospital to provide high quality, compassionate care while constantly striving to improve. The safety of the community and proximity to so many activities - making this an ideal place to raise a family - is what initially brought me to Fond du Lac and what has kept me here.”</p> Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Personalized care best through eyes of patients <img src="//" width="720" alt="Jean Rusch" typeof="Image" /><p>Patients appreciate the time that Jean Rusch, APNP, a nurse practitioner with Agnesian Plastic Surgery &amp; Cosmetic Services, takes during their visits with her knowing that the direction she offers to their specific needs will be the best avenue for them to follow.</p> <p>“Patient care is approached through the eyes of the patient,” Rusch says. “Understanding their individual needs, concerns and expectations is how each plan of care is curtailed to his/her treatment.”</p> Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman ‘Got My Snap Back’ <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Lee Brice" typeof="Image" /><p>Lee Brice, 65, a Kingston resident, is not one to sit still. She will admit that the moment you meet her. Always on the go - whether gardening, yardwork, quilting, crocheting or putting together puzzles and more - Lee is not one to sit idle.</p> <p>So, when she was facing pain, she knew who to turn to for help - first with Leesa McShane, APNP, nurse practitioner, and then Jeffrey Meincke, MD, orthopedic surgeon. Since 2016, she has had several surgical procedures with Dr. Meincke.</p> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Foundation 2020 Virtual Charity Open has successful year <img src="//" width="1280" alt="Charity Open" typeof="Image" /><p>While this year’s Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Charity Open definitely had a different look and feel to it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing stayed the same - the community’s continued financial support of individuals benefiting from hospice patient care.</p> <p>In fact, this year’s virtual event surpassed its $250,000 goal raising just over $300,000.</p> Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare offering seasonal flu vaccinations <img src="//" width="1500" alt="flu" typeof="Image" /><p>With the flu season approaching, Agnesian HealthCare is offering several seasonal flu vaccination clinics for adults and children. All vaccinations will be given by appointment only; no walk-in visits.</p> <p>Here is a complete listing:</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman New SSM Health clinic in Beaver Dam taking shape <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Beaver Dam Clinic" typeof="Image" /><p>If you drive by the new SSM Health clinic off Highway 151 in Beaver Dam within the next few weeks, you will see the beauty of the facility’s brick stone and glass exterior. Construction crews have also begun the roofing work to enclose the building keeping it dry for interior work to begin in earnest and remain on schedule.</p> <p>The new 40,000-square-foot, standalone clinic has an anticipated first day of patient care in February 2021. </p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Nothing is more special than time with family <img src="//" width="4032" alt="Judkins" typeof="Image" /><p>Being proactive about health should be a priority for any individual. The goal is to promote optimal health so everyone can live a full, rewarding life. It is never too late or too early to begin a path to optimal health. Chiropractic care is available to help individuals who are experiencing pain and stress due to misaligned spines.</p> <p>For the past 15 years, Andrew Judkins, DC, chiropractor, has been serving Fond du Lac area individuals and families in meeting their varied chiropractic care needs, helping them to effectively address acute and chronic health conditions.</p> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Foundation Funds Keeps Families Connected <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Foundation gift" typeof="Image" /><p>Betty Bauer could count on a weekly visit from her family, grandchildren and friends. And then, the COVID-19 pandemic happened. Betty and her resident friends at St. Francis Home became part of a vulnerable population that needed to have strict isolation for their safety. Even family was restricted to enter and visit.</p> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare receives Moraine Park’s 2020 Community Partnership Award <img src="//" width="250" alt="MPTC honor" typeof="Image" /><p>Moraine Park Technical College has presented Agnesian HealthCare with its 2020 Community Partnership Award. This award recognizes a community organization that has gone above and beyond their role of working with Moraine Park students in community impact opportunities.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman High school athletes experiencing increased anxiety during COVID-19 <img src="//" width="480" alt="Chris Schattschneider" typeof="Image" /><p>How are our high school athletes handing the pandemic? Not well according to a recent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. After polling more than 3,000 high school athletes in all but one Wisconsin county during the spring, researchers found that 68 percent had symptoms of depression and a 50 percent reduction in physical activity. </p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Mask up! Don't let down your guard against COVID-19 <img src="//" width="261" alt="El-Shahat" typeof="Image" /><p>Even as the United States reopens, it's crucial that people wear face masks when they can't maintain proper social distancing.</p> <p>While masks help keep individuals from getting sick, they are even more effective at preventing somebody else from getting sick. They inhibit some of an infected person's droplets from spreading. This is especially important for people who either have no COVID-19 symptoms or have symptoms so mild that they don't realize they are infected.</p> <p>In fact, wearing a mask is a way to say, “I care about you,” to those around you.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Provider collaboration helps patients with easy access <img src="//" width="3024" alt="Manish Sharda" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past two years, Manish Sharda, DO, has been serving family medicine patients at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun. In his role, Dr. Sharda sees patients of all ages, offeringa full range of general family medicine - preventive health care,annual physicals, well-child checks and immunizations,women’s health, and care for acute and chronic illness and general medical concerns.</p> <p>“Putting our patients and community first is what I enjoy the most about Fond du Lac Regional Clinic,” says Dr. Sharda. “We have multiple teams that work together to deliver world class care.</p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Tips to help your child wear a mask <img src="//" width="261" alt="Megan Puddy" typeof="Image" /><p>Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, levels of uncertainty are high.  As we begin to plan and prepare for the upcoming school year, parents and caregivers are often left with more questions than answers. </p> Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare welcomes new pediatrician <img src="//" width="1537" alt="Sachin Jogal" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare welcomes pediatrician Sachin Jogal, MD, to Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, 420 E. Division Street in Fond du Lac. He is now accepting new patients.</p> <p>As a pediatrician, Dr. Jogal provides preventive health services for healthy children, as well as medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill.</p> Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Family, Faith and Fun <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Lance Shiniger" typeof="Image" /><p>Like many cancer patients, Lance Schiniger, a 65-yearold Waupun resident, has left a loving impression on Agnesian Cancer Center staff following successful prostate cancer treatment.</p> <p>“Lance is very kind,” says Annice Klapperich, a registered nurse who works with Filip Troicki, MD, radiation oncologist. “Our staff really loved being around Lance while he received care from our team.”</p> <p>Thanks to Lance’s ongoing partnership with his primary care provider, Janette Drews, APNP, a routine exam showed that his PSA levels were elevated.</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman This fun-loving lady who always has a smile is 101! <img src="//" width="250" alt="Gladys Kastein" typeof="Image" /><p>Gladys Kastein, a Waupun resident, is an active centenarian plus. She played baseball for the first time when she was 98 and found she enjoyed it very much. She joins the exercise group at the Christian Home &amp; Rehabilitation Center in Waupun, goes out to eat with her family (or did go out before COVID-19), and enjoys word games, hymn sing-a-longs, socials and reading. Her favorite activity now is coloring or putting together puzzles.</p> Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare moving back to no visitor guidelines <img src="//" width="2059" alt="Covid 19" typeof="Image" /><p>As the Fond du Lac County Health Department is moving back into Phase One of the Fond du Lac County Safe Restart following a substantial increase in positive COVID-19 tests, Agnesian HealthCare is returning to a “no visitors” policy effective Thursday, August 27.</p> <p>This change impacts Ripon Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital, as well as all Fond du Lac Regional Clinic locations. Visitors (18 years and older) may still be allowed in the following circumstances:</p> Wed, 26 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Hometown & Proud of It! <img src="//" width="3648" alt="Bre Anna Nagle" typeof="Image" /><p>During medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bre Anna Nagle, MD, a family medicine physician at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun, was a part of the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. She knew that she wanted to return to her small town of Waupun in the same environment that she was raised in. </p> <p>During her training, Dr. Nagle spent some time at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic in Waupun both as a medical student and as a resident. She felt very welcomed and connected to the patients that she was seeing. </p> Sun, 23 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Ripon College welcomes first strength and conditioning coach <img src="//" width="2275" alt="Brandon Zemke" typeof="Image" /><p>Brandon Zemke has been named as the first-ever strength and conditioning coach in Ripon College’s storied history. His first day is August 17.</p> <p>Zemke comes to Ripon College with a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time working at Division 1 and Division 3 NCAA programs to prepare student-athletes for collegiate athletics.</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman UW Organ and Tissue Donation honors Ripon Medical Center/St. Agnes Hospital for maximizing the gift of life <img src="//" width="2016" alt="RMC tissue honor" typeof="Image" /><p>Ripon Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital are being honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) for their ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation.</p> <p>UW OTD is recognizing Ripon Medical Center and St. Agnes Hospital with the Excellence in Tissue Donation award as Versiti partner hospitals who are achieving at least a 60 percent consent rate. This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.</p> Fri, 21 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Simplicity…For Better Results <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Bryce Daane" typeof="Image" /><p>For the past 16 years, Bryce Daane, 24, of Brandon, has been effectively managing his type 1 diabetes helping him to lead a healthy life as an agriculture teacher and preparing for his upcoming wedding to fiancée, Abby.</p> <p>“I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was eight years old,” Bryce says. “I was always extremely thirsty and fatigued, and, needed to use the restroom frequently. At the same time, I went to school with another student who was having the same symptoms and had been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.”</p> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Goodbye Seasonal Allergies <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Matthew Vellema" typeof="Image" /><p>Matthew Vellema, 40, of Waupun, grew up in the farming industry and is now the fourth-generation owner of his family farm, Vellema Farms, LLC. Carrying on the farming tradition, working 14 to 16 hour days isn’t uncommon for Matt. When he and his wife, Tracy, welcomed their son, Blake, Matt decided to slow his life down to be more present in the lives of the ones he loves.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Integrative Health offers safe acupuncture, massage therapy services <img src="//" width="480" alt="acupuncture" typeof="Image" /><p>Never before has Integrative Health services been more necessary to guide patients toward improved immune function, improved bodily function and increased ability to adapt to the tremendous stress of everyday living.</p> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff awards scholarships to area students <img src="//" width="1827" alt="Scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Three area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Ripon Medical Center Medical Staff. </p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care. </p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships. </p> Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Masks & Face Coverings: What You Need to Know <img src="//" width="1080" alt="Mask" typeof="Image" /><p>COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which come out of your mouth and nose when you breathe, talk, sneeze, sing and so on. The main goal of wearing a mask is to prevent those droplets from getting into your mouth and nose.</p> <p>Deciding which type of mask is most appropriate? Here is what’s available, along with pros and cons.</p> <p><em>When at an Agnesian HealthCare facility, patients and visitors must wear cloth or disposable masks.</em></p> <p><strong>Bandanas and Neck Gaiters</strong></p> Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Hospice Hope earns SHPBestTM ‘Superior Performer’ Caregiver Satisfaction Award <img src="//" width="750" alt="Lisa Kirker" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare’s Hospice Hope has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year.</p> Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Catholic Health Association salutes exceptional young leaders in the ministry <img src="//" width="2726" alt="Tiffany Parker" typeof="Image" /><p>Tiffany Parker, director of Inpatient Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Domestic Violence Services with Agnesian HealthCare, was among 10 young professionals recognized by the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in early June during a virtual assembly.</p> <p>Parker is being honored as one of Tomorrow's Leaders 10 accomplished individuals - all age 40 or younger - who are poised to continue to make significant contributions to the ministry for years to come.</p> Tue, 09 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Long-term neurologist, team join Fond du Lac Regional Clinic <img src="//" width="261" alt="Dr Gu" typeof="Image" /><p>Agnesian HealthCare, with the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic, is pleased to announce the addition of Xian-feng Gu, MD, neurologist, and other members of Lakeside Neurocare team effective July 1, 2020.</p> <p>For more than 25 years, Dr. Gu has served with Lakeside Neurocare providing patients with comprehensive neurology services, as well as education and encouragement, and being an active partner in the management of their neurologic needs.</p> <p>He is joined by Lacy Ihde, MSN, APNP-C, and Renae Patrick, RN, MSN, APNP-C.</p> Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial award scholarships <img src="//" width="1827" alt="Scholarship" typeof="Image" /><p>Five area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers at Waupun Memorial Hospital.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $1,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers award scholarships <img src="//" width="1827" alt="AHC scholarships" typeof="Image" /><p>Seven area students who intend to pursue careers in health care have been awarded scholarships from the Agnesian HealthCare Volunteers.</p> <p>Scholarship recipients were chosen from among area high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in health care.</p> <p>The following seniors are recipients of $2,000 scholarships.</p> Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Meet curiosity...the antidote to change ‘frustration’ <img src="//" width="823" alt="Halper, Robin" typeof="Image" /><p>There’s no denying that we’ve all been forced to change our way of life these past few months. While for some it has been subtle, for the vast majority of us our lives have almost become unrecognizable. We keep hearing the words “new normal” everywhere you turn, and quite frankly they’ve come to sound a little irritating. </p> Wed, 13 May 2020 07:00:00 CDT Robin Halper, LPC-IT Dealing with arthritis pain during the COVID-19 pandemic <img src="//" width="480" alt="Callahan" typeof="Image" /><p><em>How do I deal with my significant hip or knee pain until the orthopedic teams are able to begin performing joint replacement surgery?</em></p> <p>There are a variety of non-operative treatment options for arthritis pain. No one treatment is going to help everyone, and patients need to find the treatments that seem to work the best for them.</p> <p><strong>Medications</strong></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD Communication at a Distance <img src="//" width="1500" alt="stay connected" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Alyssa Hallgren, MS, CRC, LPC </em></p> <p>Communication has always been important in our interactions with friends, family, co-workers and professionals. From a young age, we begin learning the “dos and don’ts” of communication to ensure that we don’t offend those we are interacting with. In the age of social distancing, we are communicating in all new ways and have new rules to learn.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian HealthCare expands care options for patients <img src="//" width="733" alt="telehealth" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the need for regular care continues</em></p> <p>Even under a stay-at-home order, patients still require access to the care they need. That’s why Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, continues to offer high-quality care to patients and communities.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Coronavirus and you: Some FAQs <img src="//" width="1440" alt="Coronavirus" typeof="Image" /><p>The coronavirus that has caused numerous deaths in China is a source of concern worldwide. Like any public health issue, questions about coronavirus are on many people’s minds. So, we spoke with SSM Health Director of Infection Prevention Chris Zirges to answer some of the most common questions about the illness.</p> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:00:00 CST Shelly Haberman ‘There are no words’ <img src="//" width="250" alt="bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>“There are no words.” It’s a cliche used often and casually in conversation. It means that we can’t explain how we feel or that something is so unreal that we can’t believe it has happened.</p> <p>That is what it feels like when someone we love dies. There are no words. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with someone about the death of a loved one and we both were looking for words to describe the feeling. We finally decided that indeed, there were no words. </p> Tue, 03 Sep 2019 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Grieving at one's own pace <img src="//" width="960" alt="grieving" typeof="Image" /><p>At the Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Center, one service we offer is one-on-one support for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. We offer free support to both children and adults during the grieving process following the death of a significant person in their life. While the world sometimes attaches stigma to getting support, we want you to know it's okay to challenge that and know how courageous you are for stepping forward to receive the support you may need.  </p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 07:00:00 CDT Kelly Hanson Managing pain after loss <img src="//" width="98" alt="Loss" typeof="Image" /><p>The journey of grief is painful. The pain is emotional, physical and mental. It might mean our bones and joints ache and it definitely means that our heart aches. Is there a day that will come when we don’t miss our loved ones or feel that ache? I hear this question often. And my answer is always the same, no. There will never come a day when we won’t miss our parent, our partner, our sibling or our child. That is not the goal of walking the journey of grief. So how do we live with the painful feeling of missing someone we love? </p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Treating yourself like you treat others <img src="//" width="6016" alt="Sunrise" typeof="Image" /><p><em>“When you stop worrying about what you cannot control, you have time to change the things you can control. And that changes everything.” - Marcandangel</em></p> <p>It can happen at any time. One moment you think you have all the answers and life is “going your way.” The next, you are scrambling to make sense of the chaos. Often we say that we had “the best laid plans,” but we know that it can take just a moment to make those plans obsolete. So, what do you do when things are out of your control? How do you respond?</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2019 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Self-care important to health, well-being <img src="//" width="4928" alt="meditation" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA</em></p> <p><em>Agnesian HealthCare Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown</p> <p>Self-care is a term we hear on a regular basis. However, how often do you evaluate your self-care? Are you feeling burned out? Or, do you wake up feeling replenished each day? It is important to really think about what this term means and how to implement it into our daily lives.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:00:00 CST Give yourself permission <img src="//" width="2400" alt="Winter Grief" typeof="Image" /><p>Let me introduce myself. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend. During the day, I can be found as a bereavement specialist, a Cub Scout Den leader, a Sunday School teacher, a school volunteer. I spend my days cooking, cleaning and running taxi for my family. I am there whenever anyone needs an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.</p> Sat, 01 Dec 2018 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Resolve Through Sharing helped this mom cope with loss <img src="//" width="178" alt="Grief Photo" typeof="Image" /><p>Sometimes events touch your life in a way that you will always remember - where you were, when it happened and the people that were with you. </p> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Personal experience helps outreach to others <img src="//" width="2400" alt="Grieving Woman" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelly Hanson, MA, Bereavement Specialist</em></p> <p>It is truly special to me how our life experiences shape us into the people we are meant to be. My journey to becoming a bereavement specialist at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Services is an example of this. Here is my story.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:00:00 CDT Helping those facing suicidal thoughts <img src="//" width="2227" alt="Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Jackie Block, LMFT, LCSW, Psychotherapy</em></p> <p><em>St. Agnes Hospital Behavioral Health Services</em></p> <p>I often get asked in my role what someone should do if they suspect someone that they know could be suicidal. What should they do or say to that person? What is the right thing to do or say and what is the wrong thing to do or say? Since this is such a sensitive topic (and some people may avoid doing anything because they don't know what to do), it would be good to offer some tips on what to do.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:00:00 CDT What is Dry Needling? <p><strong>What is dry needling?</strong></p> <p><em>Micah Swift, DPT, Outpatient Physical Therapy, St. Agnes Hospital</em></p> <p>Dry needling is a technique performed by a physical therapist with advanced training. While it can be used for a variety of reasons, it is primarily used to relieve muscle tension and pain in the form of a trigger point or what is more commonly called a knot.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:00:00 CDT Stroke risk higher for women than for men <img src="//" width="261" alt="Nathan Larsen" typeof="Image" /><p>Everyone should be aware of the warning signs of stroke. In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among men and the third leading cause of death in women, according to the American Stroke Association.</p> <p>“In fact, about 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year and strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer every year,” according to Nathan Larsen, MD, St. Agnes Hospital Emergency Department &amp; EMS medical director.</p> Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman A Mother’s Love <img src="//" width="2121" alt="Mother&#039;s Day" typeof="Image" /><p>A few weeks ago, I finalized plans for a “Girls Only” weekend to visit my friend in Florida for her wedding. No kids, no husbands along. Just the girls, getting a chance to reunite and catch up over a long weekend. You cannot imagine the anticipation that has been building for this trip.</p> <p>But a few days ago, I came to the realization that the trip falls over Mother’s Day. This made me pause for a moment to think. Would my kids be upset that I won’t be with them to celebrate? More so, how will I feel being apart from my kids on Mother’s Day?</p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Osgood Schlatter Disease <img src="//" width="544" alt="Osgood schlatter disease" typeof="Image" /><p>Is your child complaining of knee pain? </p> <p>Does it get worse with jumping sports?</p> <p>Is there a painful lump on the shin bone?</p> <p>These symptoms are consistent with Osgood Schlatter Disease (OSD); however it can often be confused with tendonitis of the knee. It is important to differentiate the two as OSD may require a longer rest period and symptoms may last longer than tendonitis. </p> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz Best wound care options <img src="//" width="2120" alt="April blog" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Kelsey Sauer, Licensed Athletic Trainer </em></p> <p>While skin injuries don’t always seem like a big deal, they can cause infection within the body and become a bigger concern if not cared for properly. It is important to know how to properly treat these injuries and when it is necessary to see a health care provider for care. Appropriate treatment of these injures will help to decrease infection and increase healing time.</p> <p>Common skin injuries include:</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman Growth and renewal <img src="//" width="3586" alt="Bereavement" typeof="Image" /><p>Spring has always been my favorite season of the year. As the brown grass begins to turn green and the trees start to bud and their leaves start to grow, you can tell that the environment is going through growth and renewal. Neighbors are out in their yards and taking walks to enjoy the fresh air. It is exciting to see people in our neighborhoods enjoying the warmer temperatures and taking advantage of the extra hours of sunshine. There is just something about seeing a child running around in the yard freely enjoying life that brings hope to all of us after a long and cold winter.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST Important questions to ask prior to an orthopedic surgery <img src="//" width="2121" alt="Orthopedic surgery" typeof="Image" /><p>Prior to having surgery for any orthopedic injury or diagnosis, it is important to have good knowledge of what to expect going into surgery. This will assist you in your rehab process and your return home.</p> <p>Below is a list of 10 suggested questions you should ask your surgeon, their physician’s assistance, their nurse practitioner or pre-surgical educator.</p> Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Shelly Haberman How does cupping work? <img src="//" width="960" alt="cupping" typeof="Image" /><p>Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine where a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.</p> <p>Cupping is used to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils or acupuncture.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:00:00 CDT Allieson Arentz, licensed massage therapist, Agnesian HealthCare Integrative Health Workplace neck pain: simple adjustments can help <img src="//" width="960" alt="neckpain" typeof="Image" /><p>Many individuals who sit at a computer for the duration of their workday complain of neck and upper back pain. Due to the long time spent in a certain position, muscles can become tight or weak, which leads to pain. Usually this happens over time, so even if you are not currently having pain, these suggestions can help you later in the future!</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations Why Yoga? <img src="//" width="3865" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India as a practice to unite the mind and body. While there are many yoga styles, they all can help balance your body, mind and spirit. But, they achieve this in various ways. Yoga offers so many benefits that it's not a surprise it's so popular among all age groups.</p> <p>What is yoga? It is a series of stretches and poses done with various breathing techniques. While it offers the powerful benefits of exercise, it is gentle and almost anyone can do it, regardless of your age or fitness level.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Lora Vahlsing, certified Hatha Yoga instructor Menopause…Change Is Good <img src="//" width="724" alt="yoga" typeof="Image" /><p>Menopause marks the end of the menstrual cycle, which for many women is a cause for celebration in itself. Beyond the temporary physical discomforts some experience during menopause, there are important benefits to the new stage of life into which you’re headed.</p> <p>Goodbye to PMS - In the week or two before your period, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can cause a host of physical and emotional symptoms, ranging from breast tenderness and headache pain to food cravings and irritability.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Christina Calvello, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology Hygiene in the Locker Room <img src="//" width="960" alt="locker" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin infections, particularly in athletes, are a serious concern. Statistics show they account for up to 10 percent of time-loss injuries in some sports and can cause serious illness.</p> <p>There are several reasons why skin diseases are common among athletes, including: environmental factors, direct skin-to-skin contact in certain sports, shared close quarters, trauma to the skin resulting in open wounds and poor hygiene practices. While some infections can be passed from one individual to another through skin-to-skin contact, others can be passed by touching a contaminated surface.</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT Postpartum depression is common, help is close by. <img src="//" width="720" alt="mom" typeof="Image" /><p>Having a baby brings a mix of emotions including feeling excited, scared and overwhelmed. Some women experience more intense feelings, which could be signs of postpartum depression.</p> <p>Signs to watch for include:</p> <p>· Feeling foggy and having difficulty completing tasks</p> <p>· Feeling “robotic” or like you are just going through the motions</p> <p>· Feeling guilty or like you are failing at being a mom</p> <p>· Feeling scared or panicky for no real reason</p> <p>· Feeling so unhappy that you have difficulty sleeping</p> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations Hand Washing: How and Why <img src="//" width="960" alt="handwashing" typeof="Image" /><p>A study published in <em>Nature</em> (June, 2012) reported that about 100 trillion bacteria - three or four pounds worth - live on the human body, and they are more than just passive travelers. While most of these germs do good things for your health, your bacteria are not the same as others.You count on your hands to do your dirty, as well as clean, work. You comfort a baby with your hands…and change their diaper. You wash dishes with your hands and take out the garbage. You prepare raw chicken for cooking and put the finishes touches on a birthday cake.</p> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:00:00 CST Agnesian HealthCare Marketing & Public Relations The ABCs of Depression <img src="//" width="720" alt="sad" typeof="Image" /><p>“Depression,” like “heart attack” is a generalized term covering a variety different conditions with a final, shared path of feelings of sadness and grief coupled with symptoms, such as tearfulness, lack of appetite, insomnia, weight loss, and feelings of despair, hopelessness and sometimes worthlessness. These can range from mild to severe.</p> <p>Like elsewhere in medicine, the first step in treatment is to make an accurate diagnosis. To that end “depression” is seen in three forms in my experience</p> <p><strong>A - accidental or situational</strong></p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST Darold Treffert MD Helping others through expression <img src="//" width="4608" alt="Bereavement Care Services" typeof="Image" /><p>When I came to intern at Agnesian HealthCare’s Bereavement Center, I didn’t know what to expect. Before starting my internship, I didn’t have any experience working with bereavement, and to be honest I wasn’t sure what bereavement was. At the beginning of my internship, I was told I would be making calls to individuals who had a loved one die. When I heard this, I was nervous that I wouldn’t know what to say to people or that I wouldn’t be able to support them the way that they needed over the phone.</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 06:00:00 CST The Power of Love <img src="//" width="1600" alt="grandchild" typeof="Image" /><p>The other day, my four-year-old daughter and I were running errands in the car. There was nothing out of the ordinary about this day. My daughter was sitting in the back of the car, happily talking away to me, sharing anything and everything she could think of. I was listening, of course, but admit that my mind was also wandering through my “To Do” list - mentally checking off one thing after another.</p> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist Shin Pain May Mean Hip Weakness <img src="//" width="960" alt="shin" typeof="Image" /><p>It’s hard to be active without some level of ache or pain. A common pain I have seen as an athletic trainer is shin pain, commonly referred as shin splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. This condition is characterized by pain along the posterior medical boarder of the lower half of the tibia. The medial shin will be tender to touch over an extended area, pain with palpation over a 5 cm or greater area of the posterior-medial border of the tibia. Please take note that pain over an extended area implies that pain is not localized.</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Off-season shoulder care for the recreational athlete <img src="//" width="960" alt="Shoulder Injury" typeof="Image" /><p>Shoulder pain with overhead sports? Whether it be volleyball, softball, tennis or any other sport, you are not alone. Being a former collegiate volleyball player, I am very familiar with shoulder pain and how much it can impact your life.</p> <p>The shoulder is a ball and socket joint. While this makes it one of the most mobile joints in the body, it also makes it one of the least stable. Due to the fact that the shoulder isn’t overly stable, it is also prone to injury. Repetitive overhead sports or activity can increase your risk for shoulder injury and pain.</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Opening Your Heart Chakra <img src="//" width="960" alt="Chakras" typeof="Image" /><p>I love yoga. One of the concepts that my yoga teacher discusses is the idea of Chakras or energy centers.  One of these is the Heart Chakra. I have been focusing on this Chakra lately.</p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 06:00:00 CST Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Icing made simple <img src="//" width="960" alt="icing ankle" typeof="Image" /><p>In the clinic, I commonly get questions about the use of ice when it comes to musculoskeletal conditions. In what instances should I ice my injury? What are the benefits of icing? How do I correctly ice? What should I use to ice?</p> <p><strong>Benefits of icing</strong></p> <ul><li>Pain relief</li> <li>Decrease swelling and inflammation</li> <li>Decrease muscle spasm</li> </ul><p><strong>When is ice appropriate?</strong></p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Agnesian Bone & Joint Health Frequently Asked Questions: Where should I seek care when I'm sick or injured? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Care" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Important Note: Call 911 immediately if you suspect you are having a heart attack, stroke or life-threatening emergency!</em></p> <p>Q: When you’re sick or injured, where should you go?</p> <p>A: When you’re sick or injured, it’s always best to start with your primary care physician. (In the case of a child, call their pediatrician). They know your medical history, including any underlying conditions you may have. They also may be able to help guide you to where you should seek medical attention if they are unable to see you.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Emily Hoepfner, RN, Agnesian HealthCare What is a sensory diet? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Sensory Diet" typeof="Image" /><p>A sensory diet is not always about food! A sensory diet is a specifically-designed activity plan that helps to provide the right amount of sensory input to help children stay energized, focused, organized and regulated throughout the day.</p> <p>Just like after a hectic day at work, we may come home and want to wind down by lighting a candle and have a hot bath. Or when we’re tired in the middle of the day, we may go for a hot cup of coffee or need to go for a short walk or stretch to re-alert ourselves to keep us going.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Sonja Lewis, MS, OTR/L Overuse injuries in young athletes <img src="//" width="960" alt="Shin Splints" typeof="Image" /><p>Participation in organized sports is on the rise and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates 30 million children and adolescents in the United States participate in youth sports. Nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students are due to overuse. Overuse injuries are more frequent in baseball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, and track and field.  According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.</p> <p><strong>What is an overuse injury?</strong></p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Amy Bohl, LAT Assistive technology (AT) for students and adults with exceptional needs <img src="//" width="480" alt="Kim" typeof="Image" /><p>Technology is all around us. You can find an app for just about anything from tracking calories to organizing finance. </p> <p>Assistive technology (AT) is also used to enhance the lives of students and adults with exceptional needs. Any item, piece of equipment or product system - whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized - that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities is an AT. AT enhances student participation and allows students to mainstream and interact with peers.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Kim Nichols-Green, MSE, ESDM Thankful for the moment <img src="//" width="309" alt="Disney" typeof="Image" /><p>Thinking about a subject for the November article, the clear topic that comes to mind is the many things that I am thankful for. On my list are the obvious things - my family, friends, faith, job, and the list could go on and on consuming this entire article if I let it. However, this month, as I think about my article, I think about the exciting time that I just experienced with my grandmother. Last week, my 77-year-old grandmother and I went to Orlando, Florida ... just the two of us.</p> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:00:00 CST Megyn Wirkus, MST Skin-to-skin is the healthiest place to begin with newborn <img src="//" width="750" alt="jodi2" typeof="Image" /><p>Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth can be used to promote breastfeeding and may give babies a better start in life.</p> <p>A mother’s bare chest is the best place for a baby to adjust to life outside the womb. A baby smells, hears and feels his/her mother. Skin-to-skin contact means holding a bare baby against a mother’s bare chest or tummy. Skin-to-skin babies stay warmer, calmer and breastfeed better than babies who are swaddled or wrapped. It is soothing for baby.</p> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:00:00 CDT Jodi Demaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, Agnesian HealthCare What is lymphedema and what are the signs? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Edema Legs" typeof="Image" /><p>Lymphedema is an abnormal collection of high-protein fluid just beneath the skin. While this swelling, or edema, occurs most commonly in the arm or leg, it may also occur in other parts of the body including the breast, trunk, head and neck. Lymphedema usually develops when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed (secondary lymphedema). Cancer, surgery, radiation, trauma and infection are common causes of lymphedema.  Lymphedema can also be present when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired due to a heredity condition (primary lymphedema).</p> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Wendy Krueger, OTR, Certified Lymphedema Therapist How we prepare for the number one cause of death in teenage athletes <img src="//" width="960" alt="Student Athlete" typeof="Image" /><p><em>Although sudden cardiac arrest in adolescents is rare - occurring in three out of 100,000 - it’s the number one cause of death in teenage athletes in the United States. </em>Did you know that Agnesian HealthCare’s athletic trainers have portable AEDs that travel with them to all of their sporting events?</p> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Chris Schattschneider How long is this going to take to heal? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Road to Recovery " typeof="Image" /><p>One of the most frequent questions physical therapists are asked is “How long is this injury going to take to heal?”</p> <p>To answer this, you need to realize what tissue you are dealing with. We are all made up of multiple different tissues such as bone, tendon, muscle and ligaments. These tissues all heal at different rates. Therefore, the time a rotator cuff repair (tendon) versus a broken bone takes to heal will vary. In general, bone takes 12 weeks, muscle six weeks up to six months, ligament and tendon 40 to 50 weeks to return to approximately normal strength.</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Matt Sheehy, PTA, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Declaring Some "Me Time" <img src="//" width="960" alt="Throwing Leaves" typeof="Image" /><p><strong><em>Autumn</em> </strong>is the most beautiful time of the year. Mother Nature begins to show all her magnificent colors. The days get shorter, the nights get cooler and the smell of fall is in the air. Mother Nature is inviting you to slow down and bask in all its glory.</p> <p>It’s time to declare a “self-care Saturday/Sunday,” stop what you are doing and take time to take care yourself. Schedule some “Me Time.” I encourage you to make a list of some fun and relaxing things that you haven’t made time to do for a while. Here is a list of things to get you started.</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dawn Rehrauer Back Safety <img src="//" width="511" alt="Lifting Technique" typeof="Image" /><p>So we have all heard the saying “lift with your legs, not your back,” but do you know why?</p> <p>Your spine is actually a very complex structure that bends and rotates differently than any other joint.  The spine is comprised of 24 bones that protect the spinal cord, with shock-absorbing discs in between the bones; a multitude of muscles and ligaments also help support the back. </p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sarah Schultz Treating low back pain with integrative medicine <img src="//" width="480" alt="boyd" typeof="Image" /><p>Nearly everyone will experience low back pain at some point in life – it’s one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. The good news is chronic low back pain is one of the conditions that research suggests integrative medicine may be an effective treatment tool.</p> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Margaret Boyd, LAc, LMT New Beginnings <img src="//" width="960" alt="I can do it" typeof="Image" /><p>Change. How can it be that one simple word can cause such fear and unease in people? Change is good, right? I mean, isn’t that what we are told?</p> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lori Tschetter, CSW, Agnesian Bereavement Specialist What is genetic testing and do I need it? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Genetic Testing" typeof="Image" /><p>Genetic testing is done through a blood or saliva sample in the clinic. This sample identifies specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes to help detect increased risk of certain cancers. Genetic mutations can have beneficial, harmful, or no effect on health. Mutations that are harmful may increase a person’s risk of developing a certain cancer. Overall, inherited mutations are found in about 5-10% of diagnosed cancers.  Typically cancers that are caused by a genetic mutation tend to be more aggressive and occur at a younger age.  </p> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:00:00 CDT Lisa Michels Running the race: training, injuries & pain <img src="//" width="1500" alt="Runner" typeof="Image" /><p>Hard work and intelligent training is essential when it comes to running faster and farther, no matter how experienced you are.</p> <p>Training for a race requires careful planning. Most training routines have a similar structure of a variety of runs with the distances, times and frequency adjusted to meet the demands of the race you are preparing to run.</p> <p>Proper training can help lessen the likelihood of running injuries and pain. To prevent injury, it is necessary to progress your running gradually, include strength training in your routine, eat healthy and stay hydrated.</p> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Daniel B. Garcia, PT, DPT Hot Topic: Solar Eclipse 2017 <img src="//" width="960" alt="Eclipse" typeof="Image" /><p>By now, most of us have seen the news reports and social media posts regarding the upcoming solar eclipse and are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to experience this impressive event with our own eyes! However, before you turn your attention skyward, it is important that you keep in mind the potential for vision loss if you do so without the proper eye protection!</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tristan Brown, OD Common Shoulder Questions <img src="//" width="960" alt="Shoulder Pain" typeof="Image" /><p>Almost every day, I treat patients with shoulder pain, instability or stiffness. Having limited mobility of the shoulder really affects quality of life and can have a major impact on normal activities. Some concerns are easy to treat while others require surgery.</p> <p>Most shoulder concerns can be classified into four common causes:</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bryan Royce, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon What Influences Recovery Time After a Concussion? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Boy with head injury" typeof="Image" /><p>As an athletic trainer that deals with high school athletes  and concussions, I will get a lot of questions about why did Johnny take three weeks to recover from his concussion when it only took Jacob 10 days, or “I will be back in a week right, because that’s how long it took Marisa to get back.”  Well the answer to those questions is not a simple yes or no. People need to look at concussions and brains like snowflakes.  No two snowflakes are the same, just as no two brains are the same, so that means no two concussions are the same.</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Tyler Schwarz, ATC, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center It’s OK to be selfish <img src="//" width="960" alt="Man relaxing with book" typeof="Image" /><p>I have found myself telling people many times in the last few months that it is OK to be selfish. It’s OK to conserve your energy and do only what is within your power to do during your time of grief. </p> <p>So what does it mean to be selfish during grief, especially during the intense first two years? It means that we can say “no” to people. It means we can think of ourselves first and ask, “Is this what I want to do with the precious little energy I have?” </p> Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sharon Stoffel, MS, LCSW, LPC Summer in Wisconsin! <img src="//" width="960" alt="Man riding bike" typeof="Image" /><p>Summer in Wisconsin is a special time of year, a time during which hardy Wisconsinites, having weathered the cold, dark, frozen tundra of winter, are able to enjoy a precious, and usually short, period of warm sunshine, fire up the barbeque, and make memories with friends and family. The key to summer in Wisconsin is to be outside! Being active is important, however, the entire year. The human body is made for movement, and exercise is critical to aging well! </p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Bert Callahan, MD What's Around Your Waist Matters <img src="//" width="960" alt="Measuring Waistline" typeof="Image" /><p>We live in Wisconsin. We love our brats, cheese, Friday night fish fry’s, and Culver’s custard! But, did you know that 70 percent of us are either overweight or obese? It is well known that being overweight increases your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and heart disease. What may not be widely known is that obesity also increases your risk for several types of cancer, including: breast, colon, esophageal, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreatic, uterine, ovarian, kidney and prostate cancers.</p> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Dwayne Clark, MD, Family Medicine Help for Families Affected by Autism <img src="//" width="1500" alt="ABBA kids" typeof="Image" /><blockquote> <p>Agnesian Beyond Boundaries of Autism (ABBA) serves central Wisconsin offering the Early Start Denver Model and the Treffert Approach.  Home-based and Center-based behavioral treatment services for children,  5 and under, with an autism diagnosis. ESDM utilizes developmentally-based play interspersed with teachable moments.  Utilizing the Treffert Approach, all our services focus on the unique strengths in every individual, sensory, relationships, training and the environment to increase areas of self -regulation, empathy and compassion.  </p> <p>Why Choose us?.....</p></blockquote> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Feeling tired and getting a headache? It could be dehydration! <img src="//" width="960" alt="Dehydration Headache" typeof="Image" /><p>The summer heat is here, and that means chances for dehydration are high when working and playing outside. How much water is recommended to stay hydrated during the day? Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, then aim for 80 ounces of water per day. If you are more active or in a hot environment, you may need more than 80 ounces. This may seem like a lot of water, but remember that fruits, vegetables, soups, tea and milk also count toward your total volume.</p> <p><strong>How do I know if I’m dehydrated?</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brooke Gardner, DPT, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center Antique Memories <img src="//" width="960" alt="Antique Memories July 2017" typeof="Image" /><p>The Fourth of July was always my favorite holiday as a child. As I think back on past Fourth of July holidays, I can almost feel the warm summer sun on my face, smell the charcoal grills and hear the high school bands marching down the street.  I can see excited children sitting on the curb during the parade waiting to gather the candy that has been thrown to them from the fire truck that is passing by. Thinking back, I can also remember seeing the same excitement on the faces of the grown-ups that were driving brightly colored antique cars in the parade.</p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 07:00:00 CDT Megyn Wirkus, MST What you need to know about total hip replacements <img src="//" width="960" alt="Hip Replacement " typeof="Image" /><p>Total hip replacement is a common surgery in which the thigh and pelvis bones that make up the hip joint are replaced with metal and plastic components to create a new ball-and-socket joint.</p> <p>There are two main types of total hip replacements that are performed. The first is a replacement in which the surgeon makes an incision along the front of the upper thigh. In the second, the incision is made along the back of the upper thigh. There are no long-term differences in function, including the ability to walk or climb stairs, when comparing the two approaches.</p> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Krista Behling, PT, DPT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center How did parish nursing get started? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Parish nursing" typeof="Image" /><p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Parish nursing was an idea that came from the understanding of the healing ministry of the church and the need for healthcare that focused on the whole person - to emphasize wellness, disease prevention and health promotion.</p> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services How to burn more calories in less time with HIIT <img src="//" width="3865" alt="HIIT" typeof="Image" /><p>By: Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports &amp; Spine Center</p> <p>Whether you are trying to burn calories to lose weight or get ready for football, basketball or softball season, exercising can be very time consuming. What if I told you that you or your athletes could increase the amount of calories burned and increase their aerobic fitness with only a 10 to 30 minute workout?</p> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:00 CDT Ashlee Baer, MS, LAT Shin pain equals hip strengthening <img src="//" width="960" alt="Shin Pain" typeof="Image" /><p>As weather gets warmer and our thoughts move to outdoor activities, you may start to experience pain in your lower legs or shins. This pain could be due to the old shoes you are using, but planning to replace, or it could be due to muscle weakness. One possible cause of shin pain or shin splints is weakness in the posterior hip. Hip strengthening as an easy way to remedy this issue. </p> Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Brian Azinger, MA, LAT, Agnesian HealthCare Sports & Spine Center What is the best way to catch kidney disease early? <img src="//" width="1200" alt="annual physical exam to catch kidney disease" typeof="Image" /><p>The single most important way to monitor kidney function is to get annual physical exams and blood work, as these tend to catch kidney issues early in the course of disease. Normally, your primary medical physician should be able to treat mild to moderate kidney issues and make referrals to a kidney physician if the disease progresses and needs further specialized care.</p> Mon, 15 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Sameer Gupta, MD What does a faith community (parish) nurse do? <img src="//" width="960" alt="Faith community nurse" typeof="Image" /><p>Written by: Sue Schmitz, RN, PN, Parish Health Ministry Coordinator, Agnesian HealthCare</p> <p>Just as each faith community (mosque, synagogue, temple, church) is different in size, wealth and age range of its members, each parish nurses’ roles and responsibilities is also a little different. All parish nurses, however, share the same basic roles:</p> <p><strong>Integrator of faith, health:</strong> They help people focus on their health. They emphasize wellness, disease prevention, and health promotion in the context of their spiritual, mental, physical and social well-being.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 CDT Agnesian Spiritual Care Services A Gene for Savant Syndrome? <p>Doctor Erika Nurmi and co-workers at Vanderbilt University recently, using genetic exploration and methods, were able to identify, and separate, a subset of persons with autism who shared savant skills from a much larger group of autistic persons who did not have such skills. Their paper, “Exploratory Subsetting of Autism Families Based on Savant Skills Improves Evidence of Genetic Linkage to 15q11-q13” appeared in the July, 2003 issue of the <em>Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry</em>.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD A Savant Odyssey <p>I met my first savant my first day on the job as a psychiatrist. And I have been intrigued with that extraordinary condition ever since.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD Asperger’s Disorder and Savant Syndrome <p>April 29, 2004 article in <em>The New York Times </em>by Amy Harmon:<br /><a href="">Finding out: adults and autism; an answer, but not a cure, for a social disorder</a></p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD Autistic Disorder 52 Years Later: Some Common Sense Conclusions <p>I met my first autistic child in 1955, when I was a second year medical student. That perplexing condition engaged and intrigued me then, and engages and intrigues me still, 52 years later.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:00 CDT Darold Treffert MD